Adding more native plants to your garden, regardless of whether you garden in Connecticut, Florida, Texas, California or somewhere in between, is a great way to make your garden more sustainable, eco-friendly and attractive to local wildlife.
At first blush, it can seem overwhelming to choose between all the available native plants. My advice is to focus on adding at least one native plant that will add interest to your garden each month.
Here’s a year’s worth of native plants that are appropriate for Connecticut and New England gardeners…
January ~ Rosebay rhododendron (Rhododendron maximum)
February ~ Coast leucothoe (Leucothoe axillaris)
March ~ John’s Find white pine (Pinus strobus ‘John’s Find’)
April ~ Foamflower (Tiarella cordifolia)
May ~ Golden Shadows pagoda dogwood (Cornus alternifolia ‘Golden Shadows’)
June ~ Blue muffin viburnum (Viburnum dentatum ‘Blue Muffin’)
July ~ Gayfeather (Liatris spicata)
August ~ Ruby spice summersweet (Clethra alternifolia ‘Ruby Spice’)
September ~ Chocolate Joe-Pye weed (Eupatorium rugosum ‘Chocolate’)
October ~ Invincibelle Spirit smoothleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens ‘Invincibelle Spirit)
November ~ American holly (Ilex opaca)
December ~ Little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium)
What native plants are you planning to add to your garden in the coming year?